The need for offensive linemen in the 2015 recruiting class put a lot of pressure on the Cincinnati coaching staff over the summer. One early target the Bearcats went after ended his recruitment on Tuesday giving the program a much needed boost as Scout.com No. 55 offensive guard Evan Mallory pledged to the Red & Black.
“Cincinnati the first time I went there, I knew that I liked it,” said Mallory following his pledge. “It wasn’t necessarily a favorite the whole time, but especially when I got to go down there and meet everybody and talk to the coaches and everything is when it really became my favorite.
Mallory knew as early as a couple of weeks ago he was destined to become a Bearcat.
“I went there a couple of weeks ago for a visit and stayed with a couple of the guys there,” he said. “After that visit is when I knew I was going to be a Bearcat.
“When I went down there we ended up just playing game. We went to BDubs and ended up going back to the house and playing some more games on the Play Station. Just talking with the guys and everything, it just kind of made me realize the guys there were just like me.
“I had a lot of fun with them and definitely feel I made a connection there. I know they told the coaches there they really liked me, so that was awesome.”
Playing a major role for the Bearcats was offensive line coach Darren Hiller who Mallory hit it off with early in the process.
“I’ve been talking with Coach Hiller for awhile and I love the way he coaches,” he said. “He seems like a fun coach to play for. Coach Hiller is definitely a guy who I would want to go out and work for and play for and try and get some wins for us.”
Another factor for Mallory was being close to home. Something Mallory has learned about since leaving his hometown of Brownsburg, Indiana for the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
“Being close to home is definitely big for me,” he explained. “I’ve always been real close to my family and everything and most of my family lives right there in Indiana. So to have a college that is only two hours away was really big for me and really big for my parents and family down there.
“I’ve already since I committed, got multiple text telling me they are coming to the games. So it was an awesome thing to be able to commit to a college so close.”
“I’m pretty much locked in with Cincinnati,” he said. “I’m going to probably take an official visit there and that will probably be it.”